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out and investigate. >> well, we are going to stay on top of this story and keep you what are the worst two cities updated as the investigation for retirees to try to find a moves ahead. cnn "newsroom" continues job? that's after the break. right now with our own randi kaye. >> hello, isha and everyone. i'm randi kaye. let's get to the election news. the closer we get, the wider the [ thunder crashes ] gap between the two contenders. the first and most important step a new poll shows mitt romney 14 toward accomplishing something is showing up. percentage points above newt [ thunder crashes ] and with the most advanced all-wheel-drive system gingrich. romney leads above gingrich's in its class that adapts to conditions as they change, base. as for the former house speaker's speaking skills, romney is on the attack there, now all you have to worry about too. >> these debates have gone pretty well. is what you accomplish when you get there. speaker gingrich wasn't happy ♪ with the debates, though. he said after the first debate that he didn't do well because the crowd was so quiet. ♪ it threw him off. yeah. the second debate he said he a refrigerator has never been hacked. didn't do well because the crowd an online virus has never attacked a corkboard. was so loud. >> gingrich is expected to speak ♪
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cities. afghanistan is reportedly planning peace talks with the taliban. that could happen in saudi arabia separately and before the expected contracts with washington. those are planned through an office the taliban is opening in qatar. a tense situation going on in washington between occupy protesters and police. a no camping rule is being enforced. these are live pictures here at two parks where occupy protesters have been demonstrating for months. they were told to clear out all of their camping gear by noon or possibly face arrests. demonstrators are not backing down and defending the sites. police have not made any move just yet. this is a live report from brian so what are the two toughest todd in just about 12 minutes. cities in america for retirees to find work? number two is actually the city in connecticut, east haven i'm sitting in, tampa, along with st. pete and clearwater. embattled police chief is the unemployment rate among retiring. four officers were arrested by seniors who want to work is the fbi for racially profiling 14.5%. and the number one city here,
charlotte, north carolina, partially because the region's unemployment population is so young. just 10% of the area's members. population is over the age of >> chief galla has always been 65. interesting. an unwavering supporter of east democratic national convention haven and has performed in charlotte, republican national convention in tampa. admirably in both his personal we got here to tampa saturday night, talking to people here finding out what issues will and professional life. >> he suggested that he would eat tacos to improve his really be bringing them to the polls tomorrow. relationship with immigrants. we've heard about jobs, we heard about the economy, the nation's debt, foreign policy, health care, and the folks with some of he later apologized. the greatest voting power right here in the sunshine state, i'm three find teenage sisters and one of their father's wives talking about voters, the 65 and older crowd. were killed as so-called honor we took to the pool and the golf course in the great retirement murders. they were killed for being, community of sun city, florida to see who they are voting for. quote, too westernized. take a look. >> so you're a registered republican. >> right. >> who are you liking? >> muslims themselves ought >> mitt. >> with her talking about newt
enconfuse honor with religion. gingrich, were you cringing i say this as a faithful muslim. it is, however, a problem within earlier? >> no, not cringing. >> you're not cringing? muslim because of how muslims >> i think reality is because of confuse culture and religion. the divisiveness of the party, i you can't blame nonmuslims for think obama sun beis unbeatable. scratching their heads wondering what is going on? >> i think i would like to hear >> they were found dead in a car that plunged into canal back in their different policies, how 2009. unfortunate timing for they would run different things american express. and how they would run the country instead of getting under each other's baggage. a mediterranean cruise vacation >> you know, we normally talk a lot about retirees living social on the ill-fated costa security check to social security check, so we thought we concordia. would flip the script and do at least 17 people died recently something a little different here in tampa. the people you heard from, they are very successful retirees. when the "costa concordia" they did it right, they saved their money. crashed off the coast of italy. so we asked them how they're able to live out their the brochure was done a few retirement years in luxury. weeks ago and too late to pull let me just tell you, we spent all day sunday with them, but after ten minutes of talking to the ad into more than a billion my first retiree, my first big people are suffering from leprosy. takeaway, i'm going home and a live report next. first, can you imagine hiring a financial adviser stat. waiting seven decades for
something? that's how long world war ii so the day's decisions revolve veteran has waited for an honor around golf. >> right. >> from hitting the links to sunning by the pool to sporting their hot rods, the biggest he received on the battlefield. worry for jan and ken meyers, >> i said, don't worry about me. the gators. >> do you all consider yourself successful? >> yes. worry about my buddy there and fortunate. >> because of all the choices because he got shot first. that you all made, what do you and he came back within a minute or two and said, i'm sorry. get to reap? he's gone. >> i think johnny carson said >> that was nearly 70 years ago one time the greatest thing but his purple heart arrived about having money is not having to worry about it. just in time for his 93rd >> after many years working as a vice president for a major birthday. while the honor was long company and faithfully stuffing money into savings -- overdue, mr. narval, your >> but you moved into this community how many years ago? courage was never forgotten. >> seven. that makes you today's rock star. >> sefven years ago. c'mon dad! >> the meyers can afford to retire well, and in high season, they're not alone. 27 retirees live just like them here in sun city, florida. >> we have never been in debt, ever. we bought our first automobile, paid cash. we bought our first home and paid cash. >> joyce gihad retired from
michigan 20 years ago. the mother of six calls herself a depression baby, meaning she learned to be frugal from birth. giyard has a little advice for the younger, or as she dubs them, the spender generation. take part of their salary and not live up to their full income. to tear up your credit cards. >> what do you mean by that? >> i don't think they realize when they're putting money onto a credit card how much it's mounting up. >> but there's an alarming disparate between giyard's generation and the baby boomers. >> today with layoffs and things happening, people might have five or six jobs in their working life. they didn't save for their retirement, they don't put money in their 401(k)s. >> but why? the economy is different. we're in a different place in so many ways. >> they can
they can't afford it. they can't pay cash for their homes. >> still, there are steps you i'm here to unleash my inner cowboy. can take now to live worry free instead i got heartburn. in your golden years. what three pieces of advice hold up partner. prilosec can take days to work. would you tell a 35-year-old try alka-seltzer. today? >> first thing i would say is, it kills heartburn fast. you know, don't give up, yeehaw! persevere. the second thing is you have to find a career that you like, that you enjoy. and the third thing is have a plan. you have to have a plan not only for your family but also for your personal income and your personal growth. what you're doing today but also what you will be or where you're going to be in 20 years. >> pretty good advice, huh? just to give you a little bit of a back story on the woman i sat down with right there at the pool, again, her name was joyce giyard. she told me all about her husband, norm. he was in the military for years and he made his money ultimately as the vice president of bethesda naval hospital, and now he has alzheimer's. so joyce not only had enough saved up to pay for a very nice
living situation in sun city, but she also pays, she told me, $5,000 a month for her husband and his care. thanks actual of them for talking to me yesterday. now this. because of how muslims often confuse our culture, so you can't blame non-muslims for scratching their head and saying, what's going on? in one of the biggest and coming up, a father calls most ambitious undertakings of his own daughters whores for its kind ever, a $780 million program aimed at wiping out ten their clothes and talking to boys. so he killed all three of them tropical diseases. for, quote, honor. ak0 according to the world health the honor murders spilling out organization, this kills from both side. that's next. millions of the world's poorest children. the bill and melinda gates dpoun dags alone has pledged $63 million to the program. >> there are a lot of diseases
we wouldn't have heard of, par sit particular diseases, leprosy which causes huge amount of harm in africa where villages are being destroyed, but they are not headline diseases like malaria. they have earmarked ten diseases they really want to sort out which has made a huge impact and it's different this time around. what we're seeing here is lots of different organizations coming together and collaborating so you have several governments, including the u.s. governments, the gates foundation that you mentioned, but also the big drugs companies all coming together, working together to try to resolve this. if i can give you an example of what went wrong before, for example, there may be a leprosy drug which companies are willing to give away to countries where they can't afford to buy it. but there isn't a transport and distribution system to get it out. so it doesn't end up getting out. what they are trying to do is collaborate all of the different
parts of the process to make sure it works this time. >> have these diseases been neglect neglecteded or at least some of them in the past? if so, why? >> other diseases, like malaria, have more attention phone discussed on them, like hiv aids, for example. but if you get all of the drug companies involved, i spoke to the head of glaxo-smith kline. he can make it happen and he's created a new pricing structure. he's got to make profits for his shareholders. they would question him if he didn't. he reduces the price for that country. a country like the u.s. will pay full market price against the profits there but overall he's helping everyone get the drug to where it's needed but people that can't afford it can still get it. >> when do you expect that we back to you live in tampa. might see results? you are looking at pictures of
this is a big undertaking and the tampa convention center. may take some time. that's where mitt romney is >> absolutely. going to be hosting his headquarters tomorrow night. that's the date, really, that also the city of tampa, as we they are heading for and i spoke just learned from the mayor, it will be the home for the to an official from tanzania republican national convention come the end of august. where they have a big problem now, quick note here, my with elephantitis. colleague here, she will be where they say we can make this happen and he promises that talking to the former governor of florida, charlie crist. there will be no corruption in the process. that's the other issue, randi. if you offer free drugs to a country where there isn't much ilbe speaking with the current money, there's a lot of poverty, governor of florida, rick scott, perhaps the drugs end up in the in a couple days here, hands of the middle men and they wednesday, while i'm here in florida, the day after the big charge for it. primary. what the head of glaxo-smith he has yet to endorse anyone in this republican primary race. kline is saying is to get the now to a first of its time conviction in a canada drug to the port and out to the courtroom, these are the words villages as quickly as possible without any middle men. that jurors heard a father say that's the difference here. about his dead daughter. they seem to have the right idea this is just in part here, and this time. >> yeah, it certainly sounds i'm quoting him. that way and it's great that they are taking the initiative quote, may the devil defacate on
here. max foster, thank you very much. you can learn much more about this in the next hour when max their graves. would a daughter be such a foster returns with more details whore? end quote. after hearing that, it took 15 on this report. police moving in and occupy hours for a jury to find the protesters standing their ground. live pictures there in washington, d.c. father, his son and wife guilty it's getting tense in the of first-degree murder. the victims should be his three capital. why the police say that these daughters and another wife. protesters are breaking the law. that is straight ahead. the motive? to keep the family's honor. and so is having a trusted assistant. paula is covering this for us in and you...rent from national. kingston, ontario. because only national paula, what was the most lets you choose any car in the aisle...and go. damaging evidence? >> what really horrified many you can even take a full-size or above were some of the quotes you saw and still pay the mid-size price. there. the head of the family over and here we are... over again incriminate iing his [ male announcer ] and there you go, business pro. there you go. go national. go like a pro. daughters. he said these girls did not deserve to live and they really got what they deserved in the end. this seems to be a ruthless
family and they were more worried about getting caught in these bugged conversations than what would happen to their three daughters. what they came back to again and again in the trial is this concept of honor and they had an expert testify to it. and basically it was they had to -- they believe in this twisted sense of honor as the judge described it. this family felt it had to sacrifice these women in order to preserve its own honor. in one of the bugged conversations, brooke, this father is heard saying, look, even if they take us to the gallows, i don't care, we had to do this. what was very alarming for many people sitting in was the fact that social workers went to this home, the turmoil was documented, principals, teachers remarked that these young girls, and in one case she was just 13, sought for their life and nothing was done. ma they're trying to have an early
detection system for these families so they can intervene before these horrendous crimes are committed. brooke? >> paula, thank you so much. by the way, they will each be up for parole after 25 years. coming up, the art of tor a tory -- tore tori amos. we have the interview coming up, but she actually gave me a little advice. as she was wrapping up the interview, she thought the cameras were off. >> washington d.c. is ground we're going to share that piece zero in the occupy movement this of advice with you next on this music monday. hour with the national park er you take it off. service warning campers to clear neutrogena® healthy skin liquid makeup. out. this follow as weekend of tear 98% saw improved skin. does your makeup do that? gas and mass arrests. neutrogena® cosmetics. saturday after protest ares were prevented from taking over a vacant auditorium in the heart of downtown, about 400 people
were arrested there. the violence carried over into the night. city hall was also damaged but is expected to open today. elsewhere, mostly nonviolent occupy protests were carried out in new york, chicago, tampa, and des moines, iowa. now back to washington where occupy campers are standing their ground. brian todd is in the thick of it. why are they cracking down and why now? >> well, randi, it came to a head in recent days with a congressional hearing on capitol hill where congressman darryl issa of the oversight committee, he and the d.c. government pressured the national park service to do something about the protesters at that hearing last week the park service was pressured to come in and at least do something about the people that they say are camping out here. that's what they are doing today. we think they are moving in soon. if you look over here, some of the protesters have been gathering around. some of the police who have been basically standing here, not
really doing anything yet. they said that they were going to move in and get rid of possibly who they call the campers, people who have seen to be camping out, they are going to target them possibly for arrests and take down some of their tents. people crowding around a police officer are taunting him, harassing him, he wasn't doing anything about standing there. we're going to take a walk over here and show you what they did to the statue of james mcpherson here. i'm going to move through the crowd. take a look at the statue. they put a massive tarp with a so i'll be in florida tomorrow covering the primary sign over it a while ago. election. but it is monday, and if you there's a lot of singing and dancing, chanting going on over here. watch the show, you know what that means. it means we pause for a few people displaying what they think of the possible police moments and enjoy some amazing action but the police have not music. today i give you my interview moved in yet. again, what they have said is, this is not going to be a with tori amos. massive sweep. they are not going to arrest everybody, they are not going to her music is so powerful as it move everybody out as they have ever was. in some other occupy protest. can you believe "little they are just going to be targeting people that they think earthquakes" was 20 years ago?
are camping. she's in her 40s, and now she refers to herself as a classic so some of the protesters have moved some of the signs out of here and we'll see what happens later if they try to move back car. in, randi. >> tell me what happened yesterday. it looks calm out there today but yesterday there was one protesters that was actually a ♪ stun gun used on him. can you tell me what happened >> are you emotionally exhausted once you leave the stage? >> i could walk to japan. with that? you have the strength of ten men all right. i think we lost brian there. when you walk off stage, and brian todd reporting for us you've been moved by an audience, your heart is opened there. we'll get back to you with the latest information on that. because you are singing about tomorrow, floor daz republicans decide who they want very harrowing things. to be president. their decision could be key to who makes it to december. brooke baldwin visited a retirement community. find out who retirees plan on voting for. she will join us live next. ♪ there is really something about that right now, you want to know where you are, music. you've taken an elixir, a and where you'd like to be. we know you'd like to see the same information your advisor does panacea. it's not a drug i've ever taken, so you can get a deeper understanding it's nothing i've ever known.
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i bet you got an earful. what are the retirees telling you? >> reporter: i spent my entire day, yesterday, randi, with a group of 70-year-olds and 80 yee 80-year-olds. number one, i'm going to have to up my golf game if i ever want to retire in sun city, florida. number two, talking to them in terms of dollars and cents and how much they can save, i need to hire a financial planner stat. watch. the day's decisions revolve around golf. >> exactly. >> reporter: from hitting the and the gators. >> do y'all consider yourself successful? >> yes, and fortunate. >> reporter: because of the choices thaw made, what do you get to reap? >> well, i think johnny carson one time, having money means you
don't have to worry about it. >> reporter: after working for a major company and faithfully stuffing money into savings -- >> but you moved into here how long ago? >> seven years ago. >> reporter: they can afford to retire well and in high season they are not alone. 24,000 retirees live just like them here in sun city, florida. >> we have never been in debt, ever. we bought our first automobile, paid cash. we bought our first home and paid cash. >> reporter: joyce retired in florida from gross point, michigan, nearly 20 years ago. the mother of six calls herself a depression baby. meaning she learned to be frugal from birth. girard has a little advice for the younger or as she has dubbed them, the spender. >> not to live up to to their full income and tear up your credit cards. >> reporter: what do you mean by that? >> i don't think they realize when they are putting money on
to a credit card how much it's mounting up. >> reporter: but there's an alarming disparity between her generation and their kids, the baby boomers, says financial planner robin payant. >> today with layoffs, people may have five or six jobs in their working life. they didn't save for their retirement. a lot of them -- they don't put money in their 401(k)s? >> reporter: but why? we are in a different place in so many ways. >> they can't afford it. >> reporter: they can't pay cash for their homes. >> right. they can't. >> reporter: still, there are steps that you can take now to live worry free in your golden years. what three-piece of advice would you tell a 35-year-old today? >> first thing i would say, don't give up. persevere. second thing is, you have to find a career thaw like and enjoy and the third thing is, have a plan. have a plan not only for your family but also for your personal income and your
personal growth. what you're doing today but also what you will be or what you're going to be in 20 years. >> well, that certainly sounds like those folks speak from experience, brooke. but i'm sure you spoke to a lot of people. what are other issues that seniors say is important to them? >> reporter: well, i would say among the crowd that i spoke to yesterday, health care is important for them, depression babies, and really it's the economy and you're thinking, why is it the economy? they are doing pretty well in their golden years. they are thinking about their kids. they are thinking about their grandkids can. the couple i was rolling along with in that golf cart. they have four kids together. she couldn't get a job back in the united states and of the caliber that she felt she deserved. she's staying in london rather than coming home to work just so she can get paid well.
>> have they made up their mind, who is going to be best for their future and grandkids' future? >> it's a tough one. who i never heard anyone mention? ron paul. and it seemed to me that people i spoke to, they either like mitt romney or newt gingrich. i know mitt romney is ahead in multiple polls but i didn't hear from more people that they liked mitt romney. it was pretty split. they are very engaged and they know that every vote counts. >> you're going to be doing your show there at 2:00 eastern. what do you have coming up? >> yeah, rough life, getting sent to florida to have to cover this primary. we have a number of guests coming up at the top of the hour. we're going to talk to andrea solis. campaigning in florida, a much more aggressive mitt romney. the words people are using is infiltrating. we're going to talk about why that is, the strategy there.
also, the mayor of tampa there and not only for us here at cnn but for the rnc at the end of august. what that means for his city. keep in mind, i-4 corridor is very key. and finally, if i may lean over and grab some of my problems, if you know cam pa, you know pirates, right? tampa bay bucs. this past weekend, right when we got into town, think mardi gras with props. we're talking pirates and politics. >> are you going to put on that pirate hat at some point in because i'll tune in for that. >> oh, boy. >> there you go. >> you've done it now. brooke baldwin, we'll see you in about half an hour. thank you, brooke. >> see ya. >> our coverage of the florida primary is right here at 6:00 p.m. eastern time. mitt romney appears to be
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we keep saying tomorrow is primary election day in florida. absentee ballots have already been done and a third of the voter turnout is no longer up for grabs. wolf blitzer is joining us now. i have a big question for you. >> yes. >> with this wave of early voting, does that take the steam out of mitt romney's surge in florida? >> a lot of these early voters absentee ballots have gone for mitt romney so it might help him. we'll see what happens when the voting begins tomorrow morning and winds up tomorrow night. it would show an 8 or 9 point lead up to a 17-point lead. it's looking good but that's still 24 hours to go so let's be
cautious. >> romney admits that going negative has certainly helped him. newt gingrich fired back today. listen to this. >> i can feel it, just as we had in south carolina, there was this huge wave of dishonest romney ads. and frnkly if all of that stuff was true i wouldn't vote for myself. >> how is newt doing in this mud-slinking contest? >> in terms of the ads, they have spent millions and millions, a lot more money in florida than the pro newt gingrich ads have been. they are nasty on both sides. but they work. if you keep hammering away at
the nastiness, they work. in iowa, for example, all of the ads get newt gingrich hurt him badly. in south carolina, he did do well. but that's more attuned and florida is a more diverse state. the southern part of the state is more like the north. much more so than south carolina. >> speaking of south carolina, florida, we're going to be done with that and then move on to nevada. who has the advantage, would you say? >> mitt romney definitely has the advantage in nevada and that will be next saturday. a very large mormon population. he won nevada four years ago. i think he will do very, very well in nevada and then the following states, he's got certain advantages as well not only in missouri and in michigan which his dad was the governor, born in michigan. arizona, once again a very large
mormon population. february looks like a good month for mitt romney but then comes super tuesday, march 6th. a lot of southern states where newt gingrich could do well. >> romney could do well, is expected to do well in nevada but that's also where newt gingrich big bank roll is. >> yes. >> would that help mitt romney at all? >> if he wants to shell out more money but it's getting close to the end. this coming saturday is nevada. it's sort of late, nevada, but every day in these campaigns is really, really important. >> what do you make of the post florida contests that the win is not win or take all. he's talking about staying in this because of that for the long run. >> he's got a good point. florida is win or take all. whoever comes in first in florida gets all of the delegates to the delegates in
tampa. somebody might get 51%, 49%. whatever. you decide it up. newt gingrich, if he wants to keep this going through february, march, april, may -- remember, four years ago hillary clinton and barack obama did not wrap it up until june. i remember covering the puerto rico primary in early june. that's when it finally ended for hillary clinton and barack obama got the nomination. people said, this is going to divide the democrats and make them -- they are undermining themselv themselves. it made barack obama a much better candidates going up against john mccain. mitt romney is becoming a better, more assertive, better campaigner. >> better focus. >> if he's going to be the republican nominee, this is sort of like warm-up session, getting ready for an election against the incumbent president of the united states. >> you have your own show coming up at 4:00 eastern?
>> yes. >> what do you have coming up? >> john mccain who supports mitt romney is going to be joining us. congressman of okay cla home ma is going to be joining us. he's really angry at the governments of pakistan and egypt for different reasons but both of these countries get billions of dollars in assistance. ray lahood cannot leave the country because he's been part of this republican group promoting democracy and in pakistan they are going after this physician bho helped the cia find bin laden accusing him of treason. mccain is really angry about both of these developments. we'll get some fireworks. >> i'm sure we will. wolf, good to see you. >> watch our primary starting at 6:00 p.m. eastern time. one day until the florida primary and the stakes are high.
espinoza. will, what do you think? where is gingrich focusing his attention? >> definitely on mitt romney. i think that mitt romney feels that it's going to be a two-man battle. i think he thinks if he can unify and he's said this recently, the anti-mitt romney vote into one camp, that being his camp, he will be a formidable opponent. i think this. if rick santorum bows out, i don't think all of his voters would go over to gingrich. i think some will go to mitt romney as well. i don't think there's a cohesive voting bloc that mitt romney can count on. >> listen to this sound bite from newt gingrich yesterday. >> i think that is worth a serious debate and it will go all the way to the convention. we have no evidence that romney anywhere is close to getting a majority and when you take all of the nonromney votes, it's very likely at the convention
that there will be a nonromney majority. my job is to convert that into a pro-gingrich majority. >> are supporters up for grabs? if santorum has left the state and is going to campaign in other states, what do you make of it? >> santorum's voters are definitely fair game right now. and this is something that we do in political campaigns. all of the voters in the state tell us where they are registered, who they are, and what their phone number is. a well-executed campaign will begin identifying voters early on to see where the support is and they will mark that i.d., put it as a tag in the voter file. now, this morning when herman cain endorsed newt gingrich, he said, i know our volunteers are on the phone right now. what i would be doing with one of my candidates, they would be calling santorum saying, listen,
your guy is not in the race right now. we would like your support. if you're not with romney, come with us and make a statement. they can do it with live volunteers. it's very efficient. it's where they are focusing all of their efforts today. >> let's talk about the cain train pulling into the gingrich station. will, a little too late or can he help this guy, or what? >> not my train. the will cain train. the herman cain train. >> sorry. >> it has pulled into the newt station. it will help. herman cain has an audience for 9-9-9 and it will help newt gingrich. there is a wave of people riding the newt gingrich popularity and it's usually people on the edges of politics, people like me and ed to some degree. sarah palin speaking so kindly, glowingly of newt gingrich. you ask yourself why?
what's going on? it's because that's where the audience is. they are putting themselves out in front of the audience. no one is going to build an audience by saying, i think mitt romney is the guy. i think they are being front-runners. >> what else is interesting, i think that the herman cain thing is important because newt's the only -- gingrich has been the only guy to coalesce support from candidates who dropped out of the race. it hasn't meant that he's the only alternative but it helps. there is -- to use the herman cain phrase, there is something that blitz said, an endorsement before the primary doesn't help an early vote. early vote is critical in these primaries. so it can help him a little bit but there's a bunch that have cast ballots that might have gone to gingrich otherwise that otherwise those votes are already cast now. >> when you look at what gingrich is saying, that he's
going to stay in this until the convention because delegates are still up for grabs, the gop camp cannot be happy about that. >> you know, i don't think so. i feel like i've talked about that a lot recently. is this very, very damaging to the potential candidate to go through these big ballots and have the bloody fights? i don't think so. if it's mitt romney that is the event you'll nominee, when he sees somewhat unprepared, shockingly like his tax returns early on, he doesn't do well. but the more he's confronted with it, the better he does. he's going through the process of facing all of his own weaknesses early on. i don't see anything to pull your hair out about if you're a republican. >> ed? >> well, this is the first time the primaries have proportional allocation of the delegates. so it could go a while. but when you look at florida,
the most important primary between that and super tuesday is not a win or take all primary. it's the money primary. the person who continues to raise enough money to compete in those little states on super tuesday is going to be the ones left standing as the alternative to romney. whether that person can fund that campaign through the election or not, through the rest of the season or not, is going to determine how far the state goes. >> will cane, ed espinoza, thank you very much. expanded coverage of the florida primary kicks off tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. with "john king, usa" and then 7:00 p. complete coverage. students were excited to hear that they were accepted to college but the only thing is, the college didn't mean to accept them. the college's big mistake.
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before the break, i asked which state has the largest number of registered voters over the age of 65. the answer is california. florida is second followed by new york and texas. i want to give a big congrats to john in austin for tweeting me the right answer. first, a lot of you guessed florida. makes sense, but it's actually california. time now to check in with our jim costa. he is in florida for the main event. hard to keep track, but he is our man on the ground there. what's going on?
>> there are about 200 people here to hear mitt romney speak. it's a mad dash for votes in this last day before the florida primary. newt gingrich has five, and gri gingrich has some ground to make up. mitt romney has roughly a ten-point lead depending on which poll you're looking at. that's not good news for newt gingrich who was hoping for some big momentum after that florida primary. part of the reason why is the romney campaign has really gone after newt gingrich with a sort of scorched earth strategy, the ads have been tough, the rhetoric also has been tough. listen to what romney has had to say about gingrich's time as an adviser for freddie mac and all that money he made from the mortgage giant, and he has not let go of that issue the entire time he's been down here in florida.
>> people recognize the policies that got us into this mess included the fact that we had something called freddie mac and fannie mae and they were guaranteed mortgages where they knew people couldn't possibly pay it back. a huge bubble erupted, people got hurt by it, and the fact that somebody is running for president at the time that was going on, $1.6 billion, that just irks people, and i think that's why speaker gingrich is having such a hard time. i also think people realize if you want change in washington, you can't just elect different people to take different chairs. >> suggestions of the tax returns were a problem for mitt romney in south carolina, the spre freddie mac issue has been a problem for newt gingrich. it doesn't make things any easier for the former speaker that florida is the housing capital in the country. >> that starts just a few minutes from now.
jim, thank you very much. as always, i'd love to hear what you think. you can continue the conversation with me on line. you can find me on facebook or twitter at randikaye@cnn. we continue cnn news with brooke baldwin who is live in tampa, florida. hey, brooke. >> it is a beautiful afternoon here in tampa, randi. thank you very much. good afternoon, everyone. live in tampa, florida holding its primary election tomorrow. we're here because we want to talk about the issues and people here who are so important to the state. key issues, the housing market, to retirees to the housing vote. we have some buccaneering to share with you as well today, but i want to begin as always with top of the hour rapid fire. let's go. the theme of the gop race today really is grassroots. both front runners are holding it in with grassroots reporters
here in florida. but the gap between romney and gingrich has opened up considerably. in fact, the latest polls, romney leads by a double digit margin. much more, of course, on the primary polls and what that means for candidates over the course of the next couple hours live from florida. also, we do expect to hear from rick santorum who is pulling third place here in florida. that means he will not get enough delegates here since it's winner take all primary. he is already moving on. he is in missouri today, and when he speaks next hour, we anticipate he will be making comments about his little girl, his daughter bella, who was in the hospital over the weekend. we'll tape those live for you as well. also, low visibility was quite a problem in a central florida interstate where ten people were killed in a series of crashes. at least 12 passenger cars and semi trucks crashed along 75 early sunday morning. look at these pictures here.
apparently part of the issue, thick smoke from a brush fire made it nearly impossible for drivers to see. >> i rolled my window down and actually started hearing thuds and crashes, and it was so thick, i couldn't even tell you where they were coming from. and then slowly after that started hearing what i thought were explosions. >> coming up next hour, i'll talk live with a survivor of that crash. also this. in california, oakland city hall is open again after being damaged by occupy protesters over this past weekend. occupy demonstrations turned violent saturday night. in fact, protesters stormed a ymca and later city hall. in total, more than 400 people were arrested, the largest mass arrest in the city's history. and pressure is mounting for the leader of syria to step down
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microcosm of the rest of the country. gop primary, joining me now, andrea, a rep for republican dand indicate mitt romney. you're holding what you're hoping will be a victory, right, across the water tomorrow night at the tampa convention center. i want to read this because it's all over the paper. romney folks are sending their own people to the gingrich rallies, sort of in fifiltratin the rallies. in fact, earlier i think someone shouted, we need a leader, not a speaker, and that's certainly a romney talking point. the question is, is it dirty politics? >> we're setting the record straight because gingrich has been going around just making up everything he wants about govern governor romney's record. we're just setting him straight.
they did an analysis of the various statements, and what they found was he said more lies than anything that was factual. so if nothing else, we're there to set the record straight. >> we're seeing a much mora gress sieve mitt romneah romney. this is mitt romney. take a listen. >> you know, he's now finding excuses everywhere he can. he said after the first debate that he didn't do well because the crowd was so quiet. it threw him off. the second debate he said he didn't do well because the crowd was so loud. by the time he left the speakership, his approval rating was 18%. it did not work out so well. >> why the sudden change in tone? is it because romney kind of got crushed by gingrich? in south carolina gingrich had 48%, romney 28. >> what we saw in south carolina was we let speaker gingrich's unfounded attacks go without
pushing back. so now we're pushing back. we're not letting him get away with this. if you look at some of the issues in this state, housing for one, and you take someone like newt gingrich who was a peddler for freddie mac, first he said he was a historian, and then he was giving advice, he was making $35,000 a year, no, it's $35,000 an hour. we've been going through to torturous responses now, so we're not going to let him get away with this anymore. we're going to be aggressive because we think it's important for voters. >> whatever you're doing, i think it's working. i want to throw this poll here because it actually shows mitt romney in a double digit lead over gingrich. romney 43%, gingrich 29. how do you explain the success?
>> again, we're making sure voters know the truth about mr. romney's record, and he's determined to get this country back on track. he spent 29 years in business. you look at gingrich, he spent his whole life in washington, he is the establishment, so it's laughable for him to say he's going to shake up the establishment. governor romney has worked in the real world economy, and he can take what he knows and has learned in the real world and take that to washington and get this country back on track. >> you also have to wonder from the white house perspective, right, you see sort of a new, more aggressive romney, and you can see it sort of as new game, if you will, as maybe the fact that newt gingrich forced him into digging a little bit deeper to show what they've been showing the last couple of days. what do you say to people who say that? >> the white house, the last
thing they want to do is face mitt romney in a general election. you've got the union running ads against governor romney. they are scared to death of somebody like governor romney. we know they don't want to run against him, we know they understand he's the one candidate that can actually beat them. there was a usa today poll out showing all the battleground states. governor romney is the one candidate that can beat president obama. we understand that, so we're hoping florida is one that can help us on our way to the nomination. >> thank you, andrea, appreciate it. justin is at cnn. the search is finally over for that inmate that was on the run. his name is joseph osmond. police found him far from mississippi, all the way in wyoming. he was one of the four inmates called back after the ousted governor pardoned him earlier this month.
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we're live here taking the show on the road the next couple days in beautiful tampa, florida. in fact, if you can see over my shoulder, that is the tampa convention center. that is where mitt romney is hold his big -- he's hoping primary party tomorrow night. and behind me is where the national convention will be held in august. we'll talk about that in a minute. we just spoke to andrea sol. she's the press secretary for mitt romney. i want you to listen to mitt gingrich. this was a short time ago in pensacola. newt gingrich charged that mitt romney distorted his record as speaker of the house. >> the wall street journal says governor romney is plain not telling the truth. you had national review this morning saying governor romney is plain not telling the truth. you can't be president if you don't have the courage to tell the truth to the american people.
>> i want to take you live to florida. gingrich is saying romney is spreading all these falsehoods, running negative ads, and one gets the idea that romney couldn't care less. in fact, he's looking like he's kind of having a ball. >> reporter: yeah, that's right, brooke, it's gotten very personal in this last day before the florida primary. newt gingrich, let's face it, is basically calling mitt romney a liar out on the campaign trail and he's doing it repeatedly. and mitt romney had some tough words for newt gingrich earlier this morning when he was asked what he thought about newt gingrich's plan to keep on fighting past the florida primary all the way to the convention, he put it over the weekend. mitt romney basically called gingrich a loser. here's what he had to say. >> that's usually an indication you think you're going to lose when you say i'm going on no
matter what happens. that's not a good sign. i'm going to the convention with the number as the nominee. >> there is a sign of confidence on the part of the romney campaign. usually these events are very skrip scripted, they're very tightly controlled. he keeps the voters at basically arm's length most of the time. early this morning on his campaign press charter, he was throwing out bags of potato chips to the reporters and taking questions. that's usually a sign that a candidate is feeling a little looser and feeling a bit more confident. if you look at the polls now, brooke, he's off to a commanding lead here in florida, anywhere up to 10 percentage points. we don't talk about these polls much because those are the automated polls where they're called up by a computer. we don't think they're as reliable as those live polls that are taken, but some of those polls show gingrich with a
smaller deficit to make up. either way, no matter how you cut it right now, unless something major happens, romney appears to be cruising to a pretty comfortable victory here in florida, brooke. >> hang on, joe. mitt romney was passing out bags of chips, i guess, to the press. did i see cookies as well? >> one of the reporters from the los angeles times, it was her birthday today, so governor romney, i think, brought out a cake. i was not on the plane when it happened this morning. it's one of those signs where it can get a little tense on the campaign where sharp questions are asked, and i think that was one of these moments where the candidate tried to show, hey, we can at least loosen up our ties and shirt collars now and then and be pleasant with one another. that was one of those moments and i think the gesture was well received, not only by the birthday girl but by the rest of the campaign press. brooke? >> i guess with everybody on the trail working around the clock,
i guess it's probably a special treat to actually get a cake and candles on a birthday. jim costa, thank you so much, and cake and campaign numbers aside, does mitt romney have this handled? you're constantly sending e-mails in these polls. mitt romney doing well. >> yes, he is doing well. we're less than 24 hours away from voting full-time. jim was talking about that with you. four new polls in the last 36 hours all show the same thing, romney up by double digits. here's the newest of them all, came in about 8:00 this morning, and look who is on top, mitt romney at 43%, 14 points ahead of gingrich. at the bottom, ron paul from texas, rick santorum from pennsylvania, 11%. this is interesting, why is romney up? when it comes to the core
supporters, tea party supporters, romney has a margin there. and men. >> that is a change. >> that is a change as well. there's romney ahead. last number, i promise, but this is interesting. 7% say they are undecided and 24%, one out of four basically said, i'm supporting this candidate or that candidate. i could change my mind by tomorrow. >> florida is so huge for a multiple of reasons, one being it's a winner take all state. how does that shake out once they start counting the votes tomorrow? >> 50 is a lot more than we thought. if romney beats gingrich by just a few votes, it doesn't matter, he gets all 50 delegates. that's one reason we're seeing paul and santorum move to the next state, nevada, colorado and missouri, because they know we're not going to come out first. let's move on to places where we actually have a chance at
getting delegates. >> ron paul especially focusing on the caucus states, he has his loyal supporters and he know they will take time to caucus rather than pull the lever, right? >> exactly, and that's his strategy. same thing with rick santorum. >> so as we're out here supporting politics, and it's an extra-special treat being on the road with you guys. we're having a little fun as well. a little bit of a quinky-dink when we got into town. there was a huge festival. this is what we do in between live shots when we're not making calls or prepping for shows. we come prepared and we're having fun. did you see the pirates on saturday? >> i didn't, because i didn't get here until sunday, but look, there's the pirate ship right there. were you on there? did you jump off the ship? >> i did not walk the plank and jump off the ship.
we actually sent one of our pho photojournalists who they would be voting for, so a little bit coming up next hour with paul steinhauser. join us later today for the florida primary. 10:00 a.m. in the cnn newsroom, and then tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m., the florida republican primary. i'm covering social media once again on election night. all the fun begins tomorrow night 6:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. now, it is not syria, it's not bahrain, but it's a violent crackdown involving monks and nuns setting themselves on fire. >> they're now going to smoke
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of western china. a deadly conflict is being hidden from view. in villages nestled into these mountains, nuns and monks have been setting themselves on fire. they accuse chinese forces of putting down protests and we, the media, are being locked out. we pulled over by the side of the road here. we've been traveling for about two hours. we're heading to the mountains where the tibetan communities live, and of course there was a police checkpoint. our producer is now outside talking to police. they're now going to look at our passports. in the darkness, our camera picks up the police. eventually we're ordered back. they say it's for our safety. it won't be the last we see of the police. >> he said yesterday no checkpoint. today checkpoint here. there's something that must have
happened. >> reporter: there are reports of fresh violence. a driver speaks to a contact inside the exclusion zone. the area is surrounded by police and chinese military, he says. media reports say two tibetan protesters were shot dead. at dawn right across sichuan province are moving in. in this buddhist neighborhood, authorities are tightening their grip. there are literally neighborhoods crawling with police. you can see one over my shoulder. a lot of tibetans here, a lot of buddhist monks walking around. you really get the sense here that this place is in lockdown. it's hard to get people to talk here. these young monks say they are verbally abused and harassed by police, pushed to breaking
point. >> i cannot bear it any longer, he says. i can't bear it any more. they live here in this tiny one-room apartment. they are far from their home in the mountains, cut off, they say. they can't even make contact by phone. we want to go, but we cannot. you can see all the security out there, he says. wherever you go, they see you. you cannot go anywhere. are you afraid, we asked. he just looked at a picture of the buddha. i can't explain, he said, but i'm not afraid. in their pouch, they hold a keepsake of their spiritual leader, the dalai lama. this pouch, they said, carries a dream. we wished for what they wish for most. the dalai lama to carry power into tibet. now it will continue until china
leaves tibet. china claims more than a dozen people have been killed in what they call tibetan terrorist attacks. throughout our report, we've been watched. our vehicle is followed, our driver says his family has received threatening phone calls. at the airport, we are detained by plainclothes police, held and questioned for five hours. before being released, police keep some of our video. there are plenty of claims and counterclaims in this dark conflict all played out behind a veil of state secrecy in the mountains of western china. stan gray, cnn, sichuan province. >> stan also says while on the way to the airport, a car rammed back into the crew's taxi. and a quick reset. you're looking at the city behind me wondering, why aren't in you the studio? that's because i got sent to tampa, florida and we are smack dab on the beautiful water here with the tampa skyline. get used to this, folks, because
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let's take a live picture here. beautiful tampa, florida. 36 minutes past the hour. it is a balmy 75 degrees here. not to rub it in. of all primaries we got to cover, it's this one, and i'm not complaining. we have spent the last two days here in tampa talking to the good people of florida about the presidential primary. now, tomorrow, mitt romney will actually be -- you can see right across the shoulder from me, the tampa convention center. tampa is also taking stage the end of august for the national convention. mayor, thank you for having me
in your city. >> you're welcome. >> this is the first time i've been in your city. >> i hope you come back. >> give us the lay of the land behind us. i know the rnc is somewhere that way, right? >> the convention will take place at the tampa bay times forum. the media house will be held right here at the convention center. these two hotels will largely be the convention hotels and the bubble will be that large area. >> moneywise, i mean, how big of a win is this for your city to be hosting the republican national convention? how many people do you anticipate come to ing to town, how does that translate in terms of hotels, rental cars, et cetera? >> it's huge. not only are we anticipating 15,000 journalists -- >> just journalists. >> just journalists, so probably staff and nominees and would-be nominees. it's an exciting time for us. security costs will run about 40
milli million. not to mention what the delegates and guests will be spending so it will be in the hundreds and millions of dollars. >> that's amazing. the contenders was phoenix, but tampa was always at the top of the contender list. i know it was large for the republican party to have it here. >> as the state of florida goes, so goes the nation. this corridor between orlando and tampa is almost the perfect pe petrie dish for america. if they resonate here, they will resonate out with swing voters across america, so it's really ground zero for applicants. >> of all the four candidates we have, who would you most like to see go up against president obama come november? >> i think i'd like to see newt
gingrich go against the president because i think the president would win. >> and if it were to be mitt romney, does that make you nervous? >> i think it will be a very competitive race. i think mitt romney brings a lot to the table that other candidates don't bring. he's better organized, he's better financed, he's a more mainstream candidate which makes it more competitive. i think obama is in fairly good shape as the economy starts to pick back up. people are tired of this bickering and mud slinging and they want someone who will offer real solutions. >> we're going to talk about that pirate ship in another segment. we're going to have to see what candidate it is that goes up against president obama come november. now this. >> i think reality is that because of the divisiveness of
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